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southern snow. the southeast braces for a blast of wintry weather while millions from the great lakes to the northeast wake up to another day of freezing cold temperatures. a massive manatee rescue overnight in florida. more than a dozen of the animals are pulled from a drainpipe after getting stuck while seeking warmer water. guys, we've got fire extinguishers ready to go. >> and a potential disaster avoided in washington. a pilot crash lands, narrowly missing buildings and a main street. this is the "cbs morning news" for tuesday, february 24th, 2015. good morning, i'm lauren lyster in for anne-marie green.
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there are 24 days until the start of spring, and the prospect of warmer temperatures and a break from snow cannot come soon enough for most americans. this morning a new round of snow, sleet and freezing rain is starting to come down on the southeast. on monday, the same system caused problems for travelers on the roads and in the air. don champion has more. >> reporter: roadways across the southern half of the country are virtually encased in ice. this big rig skidded off a highway in dallas and was left dangling from an overpass for hours. the conditions posing a challenge for many in the southwest, unaccustomed to driving on icy roads. >> from houston, so it's pretty rare that there's any ice at all. so it's a new -- it's a new thing. >> sleet is a little more challenging because people think that it acts a little bit like snow but it's a lot slicker. it can look like it's passable but underneath could be black ice. >> reporter: at dallas-ft. worth airport monday night, an american airlines jet making its way to a terminal could not handle the sheet of ice on the
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taxiway. the jet ended up in the grass. no one on board was hurt. it was a long day at dfw with more than 1,000 flights canceled. and with the storm heading east, work crews are getting the roads ready for tuesday's commute. >> really dangerous conditions out there on the roads. snow totals, heaviest in the atlanta area, especially the northern part of the metro up into the mountains of north carolina. there's another storm that's lined up behind this one. this is wednesday into thursday. pretty much the same areas, that i-20 corridor northward looking at more significant snowfall. that will wrap up on thursday morning. >> reporter: for much of the rest of the country, the story is the return of bitter-cold temperatures of the great lakes to here in new york city, it will feel like it's well below zero with windchills today. we could see a warm-up later in the week, though, when temperatures will rise into the 20s. lauren? >> all right, can't wait for the 20s. what a thrill. don champion here in new york, thank you. this morning the last of 19
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manatees, those giant but gentle marine mammals were rescued after getting stuck in a florida drainpipe. the last trapped manatee was pulled to safety early this morning about 50 miles southeast of orlando. it's believed they got stuck yesterday afternoon when they were seeking warm water. more than 40 rescuers worked through the night to free the animals. >> oh, it was awesome. it was absolutely awesome. you know, got the whole community out here, all the various agencies working together and then have the final one come out, that was awesome. >> a mother and her calf were the first to be pulled from the drain. all the manatees have been checked for injury and released. congress has four days to come up with a deal to fund the homeland security department. some warn a shutdown will impact national security, and they point to that recent warning from a somali terrorist group of an attack on minnesota's mall of america.
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yesterday the mall held its monthly safety drill. workers pulled down gates blocking shoppers from entering or exiting stores. last night for the fourth time senate democrats killed a measure funding homeland security but reversing president obama's immigration order. this morning some short-term funding may be the only solution. susan mcginnis is in washington. susan, good morning. >> reporter: lauren, good morning. that's right, a short-term extension at current funding levels is one option, although that would kick the can down the road. another option is unlinking immigration from the funding of the department of homeland security, but the two sides can't agree on that. so for now we have a new congress with an old story line, a shutdown showdown. >> in the affirmative, the motion is not agreed to. >> reporter: senate majority leader mitch mcconnell took a shot at trying to break the stalemate. democrats blocked consideration of a bill funding the department of homeland security for the fourth time monday.
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the bill is tied to a provision that would repeal president obama's executive actions which temporarily shields millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. but democrats oppose the repeal. mcconnell now plans to separate the issues and introduce a standalone bill this week that would block the president's orders on immigration. >> it's another way to get the senate unstuck from a democratic filibuster and move the debate forward. >> reporter: some senate democrats have already expressed support for debating the two issues individually. >> people have really strong opinions about both topics, and they both should be debated fairly, openly and separately. >> reporter: but many republicans remain opposed to doing so. and point to a ruling by a texas judge last week blocking the white house plan. >> now that a federal judge has agreed that the president exceeded his own authority, it's time for democrats to stop defending the president and the white house. >> reporter: but the two sides can't agree on that option either. and should the deadline arrive
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without a deal, 30,000 workers could be furloughed, many more could be expected to show up to work without pay. >> these are folks who, if they don't have a paycheck, are not going to be able to spend that money in your states. >> reporter: funding for the department would be cut off at midnight friday if congress fails to act. now, some senior republicans have reportedly said privately that the short-term funding extension may be the way they have to go. mcconnell plans to talk to republican senators about that at lunch today. lauren? >> susan mcginnis in washington thank you, susan. police in connecticut are trying to unravel a bizarre plot to rob a credit union. following a report of home invasion, they discovered a man wearing an apparent bomb at the achieve financial credit union in new britain. he turned out to be matthew yussman, a top official at the credit union. a law enforcement source tells cbs news someone strapped the
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device to his body late sunday and told them to empty out the credit union's vault. police say it is not clear if the man is a victim or a suspect. >> certainly we're considering all possibilities, whether or not he was coerced, doing something against his will, or a suspect. this is an active investigation. >> nearby schools were locked down as police swarmed the area. so far they say no suspects are in custody. the secretary of veterans affairs, robert mcdonald, is apologizing for wrongly saying he served in the military's special forces. mcdonald made the erroneous claim while speaking to a homeless veteran last month on the "cbs evening news." >> you happen to be a veteran? really? army? navy? air force? >> army. >> what unit? >> special forces. >> special forces. what years? i was in special forces. >> the v.a. says mcdonald served with the 82nd airborne division.
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he was brought in to reform the v.a. before becoming the agency's secretary, mcdonald was the ceo of procter & gamble. coming up on the "morning news," caught on video. a car plunges over an interstate in boston. we'll tell you what happened to the driver. and later, an about-face on treating peanut allergies in young children. this is the "cbs morning news." [cat meows] ♪meow, meow, meow, meow...♪ it's more than just a meal it's meow mix mealtime. with great taste and 100% complete nutrition, it's the only one cats ask for by name. claritin-d presents two allergy sufferers. one had allergies with nasal congestion so he tried the newest allergy spray, which could take several days to feel the full effect of relief. the other went straight to the pharmacy counter for the fast, powerful relief of claritin-d. it's tough on allergies with nasal congestion and starts to work in just 30 minutes. the moral? nothing works faster than claritin-d. find
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>> guys, we got fire extinguishers ready to go? a lot of leaking fuel. >> the single-engine piper malibu lost power and crashed into a railroad overpass sunday. police officers and firefighters swarmed the scene. they credit the pilot for guiding the plane to an unpopulated area. >> if he had been 100 yards in either direction, that he would have been on a main street, sprague, or into buildings. so i told him that he should be proud of his dad that he did as good as he could do in the situation like that. >> emergency responders cut the pilot fee from the plane and lifted him out. he's hospitalized in critical condition. on the "cbs moneywatch," google pushes its mobile payment system, and target offers a new incentive for online shoppers. jill wagner's at the new york stock exchange with that and more. good morning, jill. >> reporter: good morning, lauren. google is moving more people to use its google wallet payments service.
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google's payment system would be built into android smartphones sold by at&t, verizon and t-mobile. currently smartphone owners have to download the service. apple's rival service apple pay already comes embedded in the latest version of apple's mobile software. today alaska becomes the third state to allow recreational marijuana use. adults are allowed to possess and transport up to one ounce of pot, but legal retail sales are likely more than a year away. disappointing home sale news sent stocks on wall street mostly lower. the dow closed down 23 points yesterday. the s&p fell half a point. but the nasdaq gained 5 points. target is cutting the online purchase price needed for free shipping. the retail giant cut its minimum purchase for free shipping in half to $25. the move takes aim at target's competitors, walmart and amazon. both have higher minimums. target says free shipping's available for all online orders coming from the continental u.s. well, you can no longer feel
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feed the dolphins at seaworld's theme park in orlando, florida. seaworld guests will still be able to pet and have their picture taken with the dolphins. similar rules are already in effect at the seaworld parks in san diego and san antonio. back in 2012, an 8-year-old girl was bitte on the arm by a dolphin at the orlando park. and a single mother from north carolina is one of three winners in this month's huge powerball drawing. marie holmes collected her prize yesterday. holmes and her family live in a trailer just north of the south carolina border. she says she'll take the lump sum payment of $127 million, about $88 million after taxes. holmes says her four children, all under the age of 7, will never have to worry. >> this is going to make a huge difference for them. they're going to be able to go to school, not have to worry about paying for it. they're going to be able to live a comfortable life and not worry about struggling. >> holmes recently quit work to
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a major new study is offering hope to children at risk for peanut allergies. the results could lead to major changes in treatment. dr. john lapook shows us the new research. >> reporter: 8-year-old evan is enjoying a peanut butter sandwich. when he was a baby, his mother, carrie, thought this would never happen. >> he was borderline allergic to peanuts, which i personally think would have developed into a peanut allergy. >> reporter: at ten months, he was enrolled in a study challenging the idea that peanuts should be avoided in the first year of life. >> i had quite a little bit of peanuts. i had this peanut snack which i had to have about three times a week. >> reporter: researchers followed more than 600 british babies 4 to 11 months old who were considered at high risk of developing peanut allergies because they had eczema or an egg allergy.
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one group avoided peanuts. the other that included evan ate a small amount of peanut protein every week. after five years the kids eating peanuts had 81% fewer allergies. than the group that didn't eat them. that's exactly the opposite of guidelines from 15 years ago, withdrawn in 2008 that recommended excluding peanuts from the diets of infants and toddlers at high risk for allergy. >> i think this should change clinical practice. >> reporter: dr. hugh sampson is an expert on peanut allergies who was not involved in the trial. >> i would encourage people with babies between 4 and 8 months of age to come in and get evaluated and get started on peanut protein if you're at high risk. >> reporter: today evan has no signs of peanut allergy. in fact -- >> my favorite food is peanut butter which does have a lot of nuts in it. >> reporter: researchers excluded children who were highly allergic to peanuts when given special skin testing. dr. sampson says any strategy to give peanuts to infants or toddlers should definitely include input from a health care
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provider. dr. john lapook, cbs news, new york. if you get upset, it might be better to close your eyes and count to three than to fly off the handle. your health may actually depend on it. a new australian study finds anger can increase your chance of a heart attack. in some cases, the risk can be eight times greater. researchers say arguments with family and coworkers are the biggest triggers. meanwhile, cooling your jets while simmering in a sauna could be good for your heart. a study of finnish men found those that spent more time in a sauna had lower rates of death from heart attacks and other diseases. researchers believe the temperature and high humidity may cause beneficial changes in the cardiovascular system. when we return, a-rod throws a curveball. yankee alex rodriguez shows up early to spring training and fields questions for the first time since his drug suspension ended.
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half a mile down the tracks. the accident in menlo park. a wild end to a home invasion in the north bay. gunfire... tear gas... and a standoff with police. facebook headquarters is expanding... where the social network spread to. join us for kpix 5 news this morning... beginning at 4:30. good morning. it's tuesday,
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here's a look at today's forecast in some cities around the country. a man and a woman in south korea got into some deep trouble after they stepped off a bus. they were swallowed by a sinkhole. the tile where they fell through the sidewalk looked different, but they apparently didn't notice. they had to be rescued with a crane, but they did only suffer minor injuries. in sports, alex rodriguez is back and says he could do good things for the yankees if he stays healthy. a-rod reported to spring training early. he talked to reporters for eight minutes but avoided specifics about events leading to his season-long drug suspension. alison harmelin reports. >> everybody from new york? where you guys from? >> reporter: alex rodriguez
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signed autographs and then faced media questions for the first time since returning from a year-long suspension for using illegal performance enhancing drugs. >> there was plenty of mistakes along the way. i cringe sometimes when i look at some of the things i did. but i paid my penalty, and i'm grateful that i have another opportunity. >> reporter: a-rod worked out at the yankees' spring training complex three days earlier than scheduled. the 39-year-old has not played a full season since 2007 because of his suspension and various injuries. >> right now i'm just focused on, you know, making the team. obviously, it was a rough year. >> reporter: rodriguez issued a handwritten apology to fans last week and took full responsibility for his mistakes. he said there was no justification for his actions. >> i created a big headache for a lot of people so i don't believe whoever is mad at me. >> reporter: the yankees still owe a-rod $61 million for the remaining three years of his contract. alison harmelin, cbs news. new york. coming up after your local
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a photographer in los angeles is using his camera and a mirror to help veterans open their lives to the world. wyatt andrews reports. >> reporter: the photos asked veterans to reveal who they are as reflected through the mirror. on one side, we see what we are used to, proud service members in uniform, but on the other is any image the vets show for themselves. their unabashed joy, their unrelenting pain, the liberty to be whatever. >> i love this. it's good. >> reporter: here's the concept. the photographer, devin mitchell, creates the mirror images but never suggests what anyone should be. >> the only way to get the truth from anyone is to allow them to create what their story is. >> reporter: this is their
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choice 100%. >> your choice of uniform and your choice of who you are in your everyday life. >> reporter: in his everyday life, marine veteran chris who lost both legs in afghanistan now has a modeling career. that stare into the mirror is a message. >> the goal is that someone will look at that picture and be, like, okay, i need to keep going. it will get better. >> reporter: one of the clearest messages is the pain of ptsd. the vets want us to see the drugs, the pills combined with alcohol that they use to fend off depression. marine veteran andrew mclaren said that this message -- >> 21 saying that hey, i'm not going to become a statistic. >> reporter: -- is his resolve not to be the 22nd veteran today to commit suicide. but just before this photo was taken, he unleashed pure anguish at his struggle. >> i just want to kill myself every day. the only reason why i don't do it is because of my kids. >> hey, man, it's going to be all right. >> reporter: it feels like it
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was hard to be in that room. >> i felt like he was in a place of need, and i wouldn't want to be anywhere else in the world except for in that exact very spot. so that he could have his outlet. >> reporter: you felt like if he needed to let that go, you were happy to be there. >> i needed to be there. that's -- those are the places where i want to be. i wouldn't change it for anything. >> reporter: but then in so many photos, there is unmistakable celebration. family reunions that no one takes for granted anymore. the pride in having served next to the relief at being home and a portrait evolves of an earned sense of freedom which was the point of wearing the uniform all along. wyatt andrews, cbs news, san diego. coming up after your local news on "cbs this morning," the spike in gas prices. mellody hobson tells us what's driving the increase at the pump. plus we'll show you how taxpayers are subsidizing so-called empty flights to nowhere.
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and "survivor" host jeff probst joins us in the studio to mark 15 years of the hit reality show. that's the "cbs morning news" for this tuesday. thank you so much for watching. i'm lauren lyster. have a great day.
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your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. take leaving look out at the golden gate bridge, very early this morning about 4:30
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and the cars are on the road. good morning, it is tuesday, february 24. i'm michelle griego. >> happy tuesday, everyone. i'm frank mallicoat. it is 4:30 on the nose. and with that we kick it off to roberta gonzales for a look at our weather. >> boy, what a change this morning, right? it kind of woke you up. we have temperatures that dipped into the 30s and remain right now at the freezing point in santa rosa. those kind of temperatures were last seen in november. widespread of temperatures 30 degrees in napa this morning, 43 san jose. later today bright sunshine and 60 degrees. full forecast is straight ahead. half-hour ago overnight roadwork was cleared northbound 880 in san leandro. southbound roadwork continues between hegenberger and 98th. and then another pocket of roadwork between davis and marina. we'll let you know when that wraps up in a few minutes. a woman

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